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The Home Guard, Long Marton, Cumbria

by Stanley Jones

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Stanley Jones
People in story: 
Mr. Norreys Weightman
Location of story: 
Long Marton, near Appleby
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4160288
Contributed on: 
06 June 2005

My memories of World War II have previously centred on Trowbridge in Wiltshire, but we have family connectons with Long Marton, near Appleby. Our uncle, Norreys Weightman, an old and well respected member of the local community, having farmed at Long Marton for many years has told us of his service in the local Home Guard. One of his proud possessions framed and hanging on his wall, is a certificate from King George IV, presented to all members at the time the local units were stood down near the end of the war. Like the rest of Britain the folk of Westmorland and Cumberland (to use the ancient county names) were so much involved in the war and it would be interesting to have memories for this website - particularly from Long Marton, Dufton and surrounding villages which thanks to those who served in so many ways are still part of a tranquil, peaceful and beautiful area of our country. Uncle Norreys is now nearly 99 but still talks of those days. He also remembers seeing troop trains going through Long Marton Station - the Carlisle-Settle Railway - and also talks of the German prisoners of war who helped carry out repairs to his farm. Well built and still visible to this day.

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